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settlements in the occupied west bank. the news agency reuters is reporting john brennan, the nominee for the head of the cia, had detailed knowledge of the agency's torture program while serving under president george w. bush. official records apparently show brennan received regular internal cia updates about the progress of torture techniques, including waterboarding. it is not clear if you raise any objections at the time he was made aware. attorneys for five alleged conspirators in the 9/11 attacks have asked a military judge to allow them to spend 48 hours at the guantanamo bay prison where their clients have been held. on the second day of a pre-trial hearing, navy commander walter reed says the conditions of the men should factor into whether there ultimately sentenced to death. >> in cases where we have asked to put people to death. when the government sets out to put people to death, our supreme court has said [indiscernible] one of our standards is to go in and look at their conditions of confinement, look at how they live. >> activists from across the country gathered at t
department and john brennan to take over at the cia. hamid karzai is coming to washington later this week, the headlines this morning about president obama's foreign policy agenda for 2013 -- we want to hear from you -- what are the challenges in 2013 on the foreign-policy front? the numbers are on your screen. send us a tweet or post your comments on facebook. also send us an e-mail. we are getting your reaction today to the nominations put out by the white house yesterday. president obama had a news conference to put forth chuck hegel as well as the john brennan. to head the cia. also, there are the headlines in the newspapers of syria, iran, peace in the middle east, etc so we want to get your take -- what to you think of foreign policy issues in 2013? here is some comments on our facebook page -- what is your take on this? we will get to your comments in a minute. the front page of "the washington post "- here is the front page of the huffington post this morning -- these are all the headlines in the huffington post this morning. about the nomination of chuck hagel for that position.
of the administration who came forward to give a speech about it. this past spring it was john brennan who gave the first ever u.s. policy address, admitting to some of our drone strikes. and defending them as both wise and legal. john brennan also this part fall told the "washington post" this -- "i think the rule should be that if we're going to take actions overseas that result in the deaths of people the united states should take responsibility for that. we should. but we don't. at least not for all of the drone strikes that we launch. the deniable drone strikes, the ones the u.s. does not take responsibility for, the ones the u.s. does not admit to even though everybody knows we're responsible for them, those are the ones that are committed as covert action. they're the ones that are launched by the cia. as john brennan has now been nominated to head the cia, he's being described as somebody who wants to bring this policy out of the dark. not that he wants to stop killing people using this particular tool, but he thinks we should do it in a way that is more accountable. he specifically thi
went before the cameras this week -- defense secretary nominee chuck hagel, c.i.a. choice john brennan. and today, hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan both he and the president were talking about the end of america's longest war. >> every day more afghans are stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security, and as they do, our troops will come home. and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> once the transition to afghan forces is completed, once the bulk of these international forces have withdrawn from afghanistan, we hope that the dividends of that transition economically to afghanistan will be beneficial to the afghan people and will not have adverse effects on afghan economy and the prosperity that we have gained in the past many years. gwen: taken together, what do the president's personnel choices tell us how he will deal with the challenges facing him in places like afghanistan? alexis? >> one of the things that i was thinking about when we heard these nominations and saw these -- and i'm including john kerry in this, too, for secretary o
the recent record on diversity is embarrassing as hell. first, questions were asked when john brennan first worked at the c.i.a. ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >> bret: in international news, five suspected militants were killed in what is believed to have been another military drone strike in pakistan. the seventh such attack in two weeks. today's started the main town in the north waziristan tribal area. strikes likebe that one are not popular in pakistan or at home with many on the left. the president nominee to head the c.i.a. is the architect of the drone policy. tonight, chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us john brennan facing questions how questions were asked under his watch. >> with 25 years at the agency, john brennan's career overlaps with the c.i.a. interrogation program under president bush, which included the waterboarding of self-described khalid sheikh mohammed. the american civil libertys union said despite rai
's begin with the pick of john brennan. why do you think the president chose him? what does this job entail? guest: he has been in the catbird seat for four years. he was going to be the pick four years ago and his name was withdrawn at the last minute. as the guy in the white house, he managed our counter- terrorism program. he worked well with president obama. he is the guy obama trust most and this is a sensitive post at a very sensitive time. i think it is an extremely good appointment. host: what does the job entailed? guest: the director of the cia is different than what was before 2004. in 2004, four of us in congress, led the fight for intelligent reform and we've restructured our intelligence committee after the bad intelligence on iraq to have a joint commander. person is called the director of national intelligence. the current one is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of
their security. >> jennifer: there was another important nomination today which was john brennan being nominated to head the cia. your take on him given his criticism on the use of interrogation techniques. >> i think he'll get a knew criticisms from the left but these will be from democrats who don't want to see president obama's nomination defeated. and brennan will respond by we don't do that enough anymore. we can have the debate but going forward, we're not going to do enhanced interrogations and i would think that would more or less settle the matter. >> jennifer: so do you think they both get confirmed? >> i think hague legal be tough. he is going to have to show that he is willing to rethink some of his positions. i like the fact that he is a bit of a contrarian but i think some of the conversation is going to be very useful. if he tries to stick with every position he took over the years, he could run into some heavy opposition, but my guess is in the end he will probably be fine and probably get 70 or more votes. >> jennifer: i agree with you. thank you so much for joi
in years, all the cabinet positions will be held by men. john brennan at the cia and john kerry secretary of state. "the new york times" published this photograph yesterday. only men are visible. the white house fired back. >> women serve a key position and policy here as they do in the administration. overall 43% of his appointees have been women, including two high-profile supreme court justices. >> as the gun control debate heats up, price -- vice- president joe biden said to meet with nra leaders today. this is just one of many groups the vice president is meeting with as he heads to the task force to deliver a gun control recommendations for the white house. the nra has made its position clear, no new gun laws. joe biden says no matter what the white house is looking to take action. >> the president is going to act. there is executive action that can be taken. >> other groups are getting in on the debate as well. wal-mart originally declined to join the talks with vice- president joe biden. now it will bring ideas to the table. the task force will submit recommendations to president
to be in the top senate spot? >> the list will include jack lou, chuck hagel and john brennan for cia director. craig bosswell, fox news, washington. >>> more fallout from a maryland delegate who admitted he was drinking while driving a boat. don dwyer will no longer serve on the house judiciary committee. he's been reassigned to the house ways and means committee. he understand house speaker michael bush's decision. several people were hurt in that accident and on fox, a officer pleaded not guilty to abusing a young girl in his church choir. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say that wendell palmer was a patrol officer until recently in the sixth district and it's not sure when or why they were resoaked -- revoked. a judge found probable cause to try him for sex abuse of a child. seen in video on this left, he had no comment leaving the superior courthouse,nd neither did the man on his right, believed to be a relative of palmer's. the judge refused to release palmer pending a preliminary hearing next tuesday, but did grant a defense motion to keep palmer separated from the rest of the popu
carolina is call forgive a delay for john brennan. >> he served under george bush jr. >> jennifer: he's saying that we want to learn more about bengahzi. lendcy graham has raised his head to object to any and all these cabinets. >> they would call john mccain maverick because he would do whatever he thought. lindsey graham is trying to be maverick jr. >> jennifer: he has good ratings in south carolina. >> he has good ratings right now, but we don't know which tea party candidate is going to run against him. jim dement from south carolina who just left, he was a true tea party right wing nut. a lot of south carolinaens especially republicans, don't think lindsey graham is a right wing nut too. >> jennifer: he has been prior to these past couple of years he has been a voice a reasonable, rational voice. >> sometimes he has sometimes he hasn't. >> jennifer: when he looks at climate change. >> yes. >> jennifer: he seemed to be reasonable. but all of a sudden he has taken this far tact to the right. >> he has a primary in a year and a half. >> jennifer: his numbers are pretty good. >> rich
to answer questions about past comments he made about israel and gays. and john brennan picked to lead the c.i.a. will have to answer questions to link to enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. jeff sessions and others coming out against jack lew for treasury-secretary. sessions says he believes lew 2010 budget testimony before congress was, quote, the most colossal misrepresentation in history. listen. >> i just had one vote on it. i do think the senate needs to push back against this idea that people can come before our committee and say anything they want to inaccurately and two years later want to be promoted to a higher office in our country really in the world. the secretary of treasury and we shouldn't treat that lightly. he needs to be held to account in my opinion. >> arthel: in order to get these nominees appointed, will president obama l have on to expend a lot of capital? former outreach director for john mckay and christy is director of new heights communications. good to see both of you. christy, i'm going to start with you today. should the senate ch
tennet, in the george w. bush days. that is why john brennan didn't get the nomination to run the cia in the first time around. so his confirmation hearings this time around, february 7th, should be very interested. there is controversy there. the other nomination, where there used to be suspense, is former republican senator chuck hagel, i say there used to be suspense, because there were questions about whether there would be fight from the left have dried up. chris coombs, all have met with mr. hagel this week, he assuaged their worries, ditto, charles schumer, of new york, he addressed criticism of his hard-line anti-gay and anti-abortion political past. he addressed that criticism, where they largely neutralized it. ahead of his confirmation hearings on thursday, republicans are making noises about chuck hagel. the only strange remaining might be evidence of any interesting and therefore important resistance to chuck hagel is probably this ad, you might have seen from an unknown group called "use your mandate." >> chuck hagel, he has been nominated to be secretary of defense. and
. obama in the oval office on december 14 as his homeland security advisor john brennan tells him that 26 people, including 20 first graders, were shot to death at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. today, newtown got a visit from a famous victim of gun violence and jim axelrod is there. >> reporter: this is former representative gabrielle giffords, accompanied by her husband mark kelley after meeting with local officials in newtown and families of those killed. those present want to keep the details private. on wednesday, giffords, america's highest profile living gunshot victim and kelley met with new york mayor michael bloomberg. he's been a vocal supporter of stricter gun control laws. but nowhere is the gun control debate more personal than newtown. desiree viauso has a fourth grader at sandy hook elementary and is friends with the family of josephine gay, a first grader who turned seven just three days before she was killed. viuso, who's been an n.r.a. supporter, owns two rifles an an air pistol. how have your opinions changed since the shooting? >> i used to be c
and hagel, and then john brennan. on balance, i think the new team thinks more like the president thinks, when it comes to foreign po policy. this is going to be a team that might not push back as much with regard to cuts or withdrawals or smaller footprints. so i think there may be differences in policy, but in terms of the worth of man for handling the job, they received there, not at all. >> since you went there, let me just switch where i was going and ask you about the smaller footprint. because we do have coming up, the withdrawal of u.s. combat troops from afghanistan, at the end of the year, and we are seeing republicans already going no, i think we had lindsay graham on, we talked about up to 20,000. it's too important not to leave a substantial footprint there. and yet i think the general is right, that we now have a team that seems to be more in sync with president obama and they want a very small footprint, you talked in your book. are they ready for a u.s. troop withdrawal when the time comes. >> i certainly wouldn't try to sell senior officers exactly how many people are re
, panetta, compare it to the new guys. kerry, hagel, john brennan. on balance, i think the new team thinks more like the president thinks when it comes to foreign policy this will be a team that might not push back as much with regard to cuts or withdrawals or smaller footprints or reluctant moves with new eras. in terms of the worth of the man for him and the job they receive there, not at all. >> since you went there, let me sort of switch where i was going and ask you about the smaller footprint. we having coming up the withdrawal of u.s. combat troops from afghanistan at the end of the year, and we are seeing republicans already going, no, i think we need -- lindsay graham on, talked about up to 20,000. it's too important not to leave a substantial footprint there, and yet i think that the general is right that we now have a team that seems to be more in sync with president obama and they want a very small footprint. you talked in your book about training the afghan security forces, are they ready for a total withdrawal of u.s. troops when the time comes? >> i think they are not ready
nominee for director. confirmation hearings for deputy national security advisor john brennan to be cia director and chuck headacheel to become defense secretary could be bumpy, but both men have been making the rounds on alcohol trying to convince -- on capitol hill trying to convince senators they are able to do the jobs they are nominated for. >>> an important consumer alert tonight. starting tomorrow, it could cost you more to shop with a credit card. merchants who accept visa and mastercard will be allowed to add on a service fee for the total perchase. it's supposed to equal the cost of processing the credit card transaction, which is capped at for%. the merchants can't add the surcharge to debit card transactions, however. the credit card companies used to prohibit businesses from charging consumers this fee but as part of the tate settlement -- antitrust settlement, it's consumers getting the short end of the stuck here. sally greenberg is here to talk. thank you for join us tonight. >> my pleasure. >> does this mean we should stop using our credit cards to avoid paying the fee?
senators are raising questions about deputy national security advisor john brennan's chances of becoming cia director since at least one democratic senator has an issue with mr. brennan's role in the government, targeting americans that we thought were involved in terrorism, such as anwar al-awlaki, jamie. >> jamie: thank you so much for the look there. thank you. and as peter mentioned the federal court of appeals did unanimously ruled that president obama violated the constitution when he bypassed with a recess appointments that involved three vacancies to the national labor relations board. a tactic both parties used to keep presidents appointing people they don't like and the president claims he acted properly because the senate was away for the holidays, but the federal court didn't agree, instead that the senate was still technically in session. what does it mean for the country's labor board and union battles that are raging across our country? well, coming up, we're going to take a very interesting look at this with jay sekulow and one of the attorneys arguing that the administra
of the stories in the news. here is this from the associated press. -- president obama will nominate john brennan. this will be announced at an event this afternoon. he is nominating chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. both must be confirmed by the senate. obama considered brennan for the top cia job in 2008. there were questions about his connection to enhance interrogation techniques. the associated press says brandy knight involvement -- brennan denied involvement. chuck hagel will be nominated as defense secretary today. here is that story from "u.s. today." this is seen as controversial. president obama's choice of chuck hagel to leave the defense department likely size of a contentious nomination fight in the senate. this came up yesterday in a sunday talk show. senator lindsey graham addressed it on cnn. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense for the state of israel in the nations history. he has said you should negotiate with iran. sanctions will not work. israel should negotiate with hamas. he also is one of 12 se
brennan and certainly for chuck hagel, and perhaps not as close with john kerry. >> the president's problem with dealing with any issue is making decisions on the basis of imperfect information. you never know as much as you would like to know about a situation. he appreciates different perspectives and different evaluations that give him the confidence that all of the angles have been discussed to the point that they can, and that he goes in to making a decision based on the best possible information, and i think that's what chuck hagel will give him. >> donald, i want to ask you about your close friend, co-author, the man you served, george herbert walker bush. how is president bush doing? >> i think he is doing much better now. >> that's good to hear. >> he had some respiratory problems that they were very afraid would go into a serious form of pneumonia. i talked to him a few days ago, and is he his old self sdwloosh how are his spirits? >> his spirits are fine. >> well, please convey our very best wishes. the whole country is pulling for him to get out of that hospital and to
. obama counterterrorism adviser john brennan has made the legal case for targeted killings. some are now expressing concern over brennan in charge of the cia. and scott horton of harper's magazine reports "and the drones are just the beginning of it. the cia has its toe there, but we're going to see the cia probably take a very prominent role in robotic warfare." i'm joined tonight by greenwald, producer, director, and founder of brave new films. he is also the director of an upcoming documentary film "drones exposed" and just completed a trip to the country of pakistan. mr. greenwald, good to have you with us tonight. will there be an issue at brennan's confirmation hearings? what is the likelihood of the senate forcing a debate on drone strikes? there has been very little conversation about it. >> yes. it's actually been very sad, ed, to see how there has almost been a bipartisan silence on this issue. we're hopeful that as we educate people, as people hear more about the drones, as they learn more about them, they will call their senators and they'll say it's essential to ask brennan
said he could put a hold on cia nominee john brennan's nomination until the white house addresses questions about benghazi again. quote -- i do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the cia until our questions are answered, like who changed ambassador susan rice's talking points and deleted the references to al qaeda. my support for a delaying confirmation is not directed at mr. brennan but is an unfortunate yet necessary action to get information from this administration. the white house is trying to sell, meanwhile, back on hagel, trying to sell hagel's personal story. and no one may tell that better than his brother, tom, who served alongside him in vietnam and described to nbc how they narrowly escaped death together. >> the concussion was incredible. it knocked us both down. and he was behind me and i looked back and he was flat on his back, blood all over his chest. so i went back. things come up where he's being criticized for this or that or the other thing, or we're both having problem. we look at each other and say, you know, what can they do to you? send y
. >> with upcoming hearings for chuck hagel and john brennan, the current focus on foreign policy is likely to continue, although the question still lingers, what is the obama doctrine, or more to the point, is there an obama doctrine? according to the economist the president's main goal is to avoid costly international enfanglements as he prioritizes concerns. it is a tricky endeavor given the state of the world. in addition to the crisis in syria and the nuclear standoff between israel and iran, there are new protests in egypt where nearly 60 people have died and in mali the u.s. has been assisting french and african forces to push back al qaeda linked militants in the northern half of the country. for now officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens. joining now from cairo is nbc news foreign correspondent amman mojadine. >> we talk about the obama doctrine and the difficulties in articulating a broad set of foreign policy goals. that is infinitely compounde
republican senator chuck hagel will face tough questions at his confirmation hearing next thursday, and john brennan, the president's choice for cia director will be quizzed at his hearing next month. keith? >> thanks, melissa. >>> and we're waiting to hear from defense secretary leon panetta. we expect him to announce about an hour from now that the pentagon is lifting its ban on women in combat. the policy change will overturn a 1994 rule that banned women from being part of combat units. it'll open more than 200,000 positions to women. despite the combat ban, women in the military have still given their lives for this country. more than 150 women have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. >>> and gay rights activists are making a new appeal to the white house. they want president obama to ban federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees. current federal law bans discrimination based on sex, race, and national origin, but didn't mention sexual orientation. >>> d.c.'s police chief is challenging the findings of a new report released just a few minutes ago that the d.c. polic
brennan for cia. and before that, john kerry for secretary of state. four top appointments since the election. four men. and then, this. "the new york times" published the white house photograph wednesday, showing the president speaking with top advisers in the oval office. ten people visible, all men. and late wednesday, labor secretary, hilda solis announced e's leaving. the third woman in the cabinet heading for the exits. all this prompted "washington post" columnist, ruth marcus, to quip, it's "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy's leaving. >> it's time for me to move on. >> reporter: the white house says such criticism is way offbase. >> women serve in key policy roles as they do in the administration. >> reporter: as that all-male photo hit "the new york times," the white house released a new photo of the day, with a slightly different look. overall, about 43% of the president's appointees have been women. considerably more than president bush. and president obama chose women for arguably his two most important nominees, to the supreme court. soon, the president will
the one that's got the toughest road, i think there's criticism of jack lew and john brennan, but also i think especially for chuck hagel as secretary of defense. interestingly enough, he was a former republican senator, and i think he thought he'd get bipartisan support. hagel didn't make a lot of friends among republicans because he was well to the left of them on a lot of foreign policy issues. opposed the troop surge in iraq, and opposed get tough measures against iran. a lot of leading republican senators don't like him. and some top democrats who are at least on the fence about him, because he took -- he made a statement about gays that they didn't like several years back. and also he has not been an unquestioned supporter for israel. i think hagel has the toughest road to go. we'll be talking to two key senators about that and the fight over gun control, which is starting to pick up in the capital. kelly ayotte, rising republican star, and senator from connecticut, blumenthal. >> looks like john kerry is the one that might sail through easier than the other two? >> i think kerry w
. >> chuck hagel, john brennan. >> right. >> john kerry, jack lew, you reported earlier he's the nominee for treasury secretary. and there may be other resignations in the cabinet. >> i think that's fair to say. i think this is a logical time and there are rumblings of other changes in the cabinet which we're pursing and i think it's fair to say that i'm expecting another shoe or two to drop, wolf. but i -- look, this is what happens when you get into a second term. people take stock, they decide if they are going to stay, do they stay for one year, two years, or do they decide to leave and just allow the president to make some changes at the start of a second term. >> and the second term of the bill clinton administration, major cabinet changes, major changes at the bush administration, and now sect term of obama administration major changes as well. i'm sure there will be other changes. senior officials in the white house, less than cabinet level. >> well, you know, we're going to see a new chief of staff. so there are -- >> jack lew, if he's confirmed -- any names out there for chief
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